The general elections in Suriname on May 25th witnessed an overwhelming re-election for the National Democratic Party of Desi Bouterse. This is the result of the reforms which the NDP government instituted over the last 5 years, a period of substantial growth.

The South American country Suriname held parliamentary elections last Wednesday. The Mega Combination, a coalition led by Desi Bouterse’s National Democratic Party, won the elections because of mass support amongst the poor and the youth of Suriname. What’s the history of Suriname and why did the party of the former military leader win the elections?